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Research and Evaluation Methods for Health Policy

East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  9:00 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Cassandra Kercher Crifasi

Introduces basic principles and methods for undertaking scientifically rigorous research with a special emphasis on evaluations of interventions intended to improve health and safety. Focuses on evaluations of policy, health care delivery systems, and public health programs. Topics include the relationship between health services research, health policy research, and health policy analysis; common research designs and their strengths and weaknesses; and internal and external validity with the intent of making students better consumers of research conducted by others.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critique existing research evaluating a health policy or program
  2. Develop a conceptual framework for a study showing the hypothesized causal variables and expected outcomes
  3. Identify different types of study designs and their inherent threats to internal and external validity
  4. Assess which methodology is most appropriate to evaluate a given health policy or program
  5. Engage in reflection to ensure research follows ethical standards and meets stakeholder needs
  6. Build an understanding of how a researcher can influence the design and conduct of a study
  7. Describe how research can influence policy and inform stakeholder goals
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 10% Reflection
  • 30% In-class Exercises
  • 25% Midterm
  • 25% Final Exam

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to graduate students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required